Uttam Kumar Ghosh, a Bangladeshi national, has found a new lease of life in Kolkata after his mother donated one of his kidneys, but his story of survival is not only a case of organ transplant, because two were to get the most out of COVID-19 before surgery.
Mr. Ghosh, 38, came to Calcutta with his mother Kalpana and other family members in January to seek treatment for kidney problems.
Authorities at the RN Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences (RTIICS) said that after the necessary authorization from the health department, doctors had set a date in March for Mr. Ghosh’s surgery, but the imposition sudden locking blocked the plane.
The family breathed a sigh of relief when the Union’s Department of Health issued a notice recommending emergency transplant surgeries during the foreclosure. However, they were again disappointed because tests showed that the mother-son duo had contracted COVID-19.
The two were sent to the state-run MR Bangur Hospital for treatment, said Dr. DS Ray, head of the nephrology department at RTIICS.
“Kumar and his mother were released from the public hospital on June 12 after their recovery. We waited another three and a half weeks and asked them to remain in quarantine at home. After performing two sets of tests to make sure they were cured “of COVID-19, we decided to go ahead with the transplant,” said Dr. Ray.
The donor and recipient are recovering well and have been discharged from the hospital, said the head of the nephrology department at RTIICS.
“Uttam is doing well and we hope he will recover according to our expectations. He has been advised to go to the hospital for the necessary examinations. The mother and son have been invited to stay here for the next few months”, added Dr. Ray.